Cambial activity of evergreen and seasonal dimorphics around the mediterranean

Nili Liphschitz, Simcha Lev-Yadun

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The annual rhythm of cambial activity in various Mediterranean evergreens and seasonal dimorphics is compared on the basis of a literature survey. Two main rhythms of activity can be distinguished: 1. The temperate Mediterranean type in which cambial activity takes place during spring and summer, similar to the rhythm of cambial activity in the temperate zone. 2. The adapted Mediterranean type in which the activity of the cambium coincides with the climatic rhythm, i.e., commences in the autumn when temperatures drop and the rainy season starts, lasting until the early summer when drought stresses and high temperatures prevail. When winter is especially cold, cessation of cambial activity occurs. Under favourable conditions cambial activity is maintained throughout the whole year.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-153
Number of pages9
JournalIAWA Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1986


  • Annual rhythm
  • Cambial activity
  • Evergreens
  • Mediterranean
  • Seasonal dimorphics


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